photo courtesy of Deezy Miaci
Deezy Miaci is a director from Detroit living in Houston, Texas. He is beyond a conventional videographer, who just creates visuals to accompany songs resulting in incongruent marriages of graphics and sounds. Instead, Deezy is a documentarian who taps into the spirit of the neighborhoods belonging to the artists he shoots, producing motion pictures that convey the very essence of the artists along with the mud from which they’ve surfaced.
Deezy’s films are not easy to digest. Most are gut-wrenching. However, he transcends the typical “hood video” and in surpassing the status quo, Deezy’s depictions of the artists he shoots are so intimately potent that his projects sometimes come off as brief memoirs of his subjects.
Deezy declares, “I am not driven only by money,” and it is this peculiarity which has permitted Deezy to be a voice for independent artists who are without large production budgets. Deezy went on, “I like genuine good music about the streets, family, or anything with some type of message for somebody.” And whether these gloomy accounts in Deezy’s films enlighten his viewers or give them mental overcast, he tailors many of the artists’ narratives he shoots with statistics on incarceration and death. Deezy professed
I was incarcerated from 2007 to 2012. By me knowing how the system is and how it is designed, I make sure I shed light on that for anybody that is watching my videos. It is not to put the system down. It is to keep my viewers aware of the statistics so they don’t become a part of it… I want to make sure that they know that in no type of way am I trying to glorify that.
In my conversation with Deezy, we discussed his work flow and creative process. Tragically, in a humorous sort of way, he also indicated that he never wanted to be a videographer. And thereafter he talked a bit about three of his most vivid videos. Finally, Deezy shared some of his efforts as a diplomat for the streets, in trying to unify parts of Houston for the purpose of successfully impacting the music industry on a level greater than just local acclaim and according to Deezy, it’s working.